As is tradition with Guest Review Week (twice counts!), we save one spot on the lineup for a review from one of our readers! For Son of Guest Review week, that spot goes to our man in Japan, Robert Baldwin (a.k.a. Dorkey!). Today, Robert is taking a look at the S.H. Figuarts Akiba Red!
After watching the first episode at a screening during Bandai’s Tamashii Features back in March, Akibaranger had quickly become my favorite Sentai. However S.H.Figuarts is the only action figure line that is releasing Akibaranger figures –no S.I.C., no vinyl. So, here I am, wandering into Vault’s territory, perhaps stepping on his toes, with a review of my very first S.H.Figuarts figure.
Nobuo Akagi, a 29 year old bicycle courier for Sasaki Ponpoko Delivery (S.P.D.) in the Akihabara district in Tokyo is a hard core Sentai otaku. Nobuo, often spending his time fantasizing about becoming a hero, gets recruited as Akiba Red.
Being more of a Kamen Rider fan, and preferring the dark hero image, most of my collection consists of the S.I.C. line. While very few of the Sentai have sparked my interest, the clean lines of the S.H.Figuarts action figures have been a bit of a turn-off for me.
However, with Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger, none of the rules matter. This Sentai fights in the realm of their imagination, they can be beat-up, torn-up and blown-up but at the end of a fight, completely refreshed – and that’s acceptable in this world.
The sculpt is excellent with great attention given to detail. Comparing the figure to photographs and video of the actual character, I can’t find a single thing to complain about. The articulation is what has become standard on most S.H.Figuarts figures and the design of the character works well with the build of the figure, allowing for efficient concealment of his joints. Additionally, the cuts in the biceps and thighs are completely hidden by an outer section which works like a sheath. Continue to Page 2…